Monthly Archives: November 2014

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Pets

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) involves the techniques of using sophisticated surgical instruments with cameras and often, flexible fiberoptic instruments in order to accomplish procedures that have traditionally involved more invasive surgical procedures or “going under the knife”.  While MIS is not a substitute for all surgical procedures there is many that can now be performed using MIS techniques.  In human medicine we are all familiar with laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic procedures, and arthroscopy.  Thanks to technological advances these are now becoming more available in veterinary medicine.  The advantages of MIS are less extensive surgical cuts with decreased associated pain and discomfort and a resultant more rapid post-operative recovery.

At West Hills Animal Hospital & Emergency Center, our board certified surgeon, Dr. Marc Hirshenson is now able to offer MIS thanks to the investment in our state of the art Karl Storz Endoscopic and Laparoscopic equipment.  Procedures such as stomach and esophageal foreign body retrieval, stomach and intestinal biopsies, liver biopsies, cystoscopy to evaluate urethral and bladder disorders, arthroscopy, and bronchoscopy are now all within our realm.  In fact, the most common procedure we do, spaying, can now be done laparoscopically in addition to performing a gastropexy (tacking the stomach to the body wall) to help avoid bloat (GDV) in large breed dogs.

Talk to your veterinarian to see if MIS is appropriate for your dog or cat.